Archive for May, 2013

Dental Emergency Procedures

To save a tooth after a dental emergency, a quick and appropriate response is required.  The following procedures are recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) when a dental emergency has occurred. When a tooth has been knocked out of the mouth, hold the tooth by the crown and rinse the root in water if […]

Dental Sealants for Children

The most difficult teeth to keep clean are molars and premolars, the teeth in the back of the mouth.  The chewing surfaces of these teeth are pitted and grooved, which makes them difficult to clean even with vigorous tooth-brushing.  To prevent dental caries (cavities) from growing in children’s molars and pre-molars, many dentists will apply […]

Do You Really Need to Toss Toothbrush After a Sore Throat?

There’s an old wives’ tale that after suffering from a cold, the flu, strep throat or a sore throat, you need to toss your toothbrush. According to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC, when it comes to sore throats, there’s no reason to discard your old toothbrush. […]

The Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease, although most common in adults, can occur at any age, and, fortunately,  if detected early, can be reversed.  There are three stages of gum disease; gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. The first stage, gingivitis, is an inflammation of the gums and is caused by plaque buildup at the gum line.  At this initial […]

Preventing dental caries in children and adolescents

Tooth decay, also known as dental caries is a chronic disease faced by children. Children as young as 3 -4 years of age can suffer from dental decay if care is not taken by their parents in maintaining their oral health. Tooth decay is of particular concern in young children as it disrupts their life […]